Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Braves' sports capsule

Photo by Amylynn Richards
La Conner Braves’ Kory Duran, a senior, practices his goal shots on Friday.

 Photo by Amylynn Richards
La Conner Braves’ Tess Bruland, a sophomore, practices in the goalie position during soccer practice Friday.
From Braves Raves
By Amylynn Richards
First game is 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 in Friday Harbor.  As of Monday, there are 35 boys on the roster. “Hopefully that number will increase once school starts,” says Coach Johnny Lee. 
Coach Lee said the starters in offense and defense are pretty much the same as last year, but “many of the skill positions” such as “receiver, running back and quarter back, are all new faces.”  Currently, senior Matt McCauley and transfer from Napavine sophomore Skylar Krueger share the quarterback position. “Skylar Krueger will start at quarterback, but this position will be evaluated from week to week and both will get significant time in that position.”
Lee says the team is “really focused on improving from last year's strong finish to the season. We look forward to playing at home in front of our fans and school community and appreciate all their support thus far.”
The team has six seniors: Jared Fohn, Bobby Poulton, Cameron Wischhusen, Nathan Parker, Keith Aske, Matt McCauley. This is Fohn and Poulton’s first year on the gridiron; the athletes had lent their talents to the soccer team in years past.
There are two returning seniors currently on Boys’ Soccer Team, Todd Hoagland and Kory Duran, and Coach Steve DeLeon says there are fourteen juniors who should be eligible to play.   It’s a larger team this year, but as no other school in the league has a junior varsity, La Conner won’t have one, either. “Larger schools play in the spring,” DeLeon said. With fourteen returning soccer players, there’s a good chance that it will be a strong season for the Braves.
The soccer season starts Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The girls continue to train hard for their first match-ups. 
Volleyball is headed to Mount Vernon Christian for a jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 3.
The Girl’s Soccer Team hosts Meridian on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 4p.m. on the main field.

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